Consistency is Key

damehelsing at 12:00AM, April 18, 2021



So many people will tell you that consistency is key and in some areas, consistency is definitely key, but the only area I’ll be diving into today is art.

Is consistency really the key when it comes to art? I would say no but I will agree there are ...



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Archetypes Through a Psych Lens: Humanistic (still)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 17, 2021



Sooo…. we have already covered the illustrious Maslow and his pyramid of needs. Now comes Carl Rogers to complete what I consider the complete package of the Humanistic school of thought when it comes to personality theories. (well it's not just me, it's a lot of eh, colleagues ...

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Who Are Your Characters?

damehelsing at 12:00AM, March 28, 2021



This might be a simple question, but I think it’s much deeper than most think.

Characters, whether they’re our own or not, have an origin, have traits, personalities, ideas, morals and goals. Each one is different and all of them share a similarity: their creator.

We can all ...





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Unlikely Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, March 25, 2021


the cruel tutor himself, Pai Mei

One of my favorite character types is the gruff/grizzled old mentor. Tough as nails, mean or cranky on the outside but with great knowledge or support to offer when you know them, or when they know - and trust - you.

I've talked about ...




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The dance of chemistry

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 12, 2021



When it comes to characters and their arcs, their relationships, or more specifically, their chemistry, has a large role to play in how they develop. From day to day we absorb and reflect the behaviours, views and values of those we interact with, be that at work or school or ...

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Top five romance tropes

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 5, 2021



It’s not surprising that drama and romance are two popular genres when it comes to media. From TV to novels to comics, they draw the audience in with the simple question: “Who is going to end up with who?” Ships set sail, twists get turns and hearts get broken ...

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QUACKCAST 511 - TENSION

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 29, 2020

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Blame Mr Banes for this one, he's also the man responsible for the great cover art! Haha, he originally ...




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The building blocks of world building

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2020



World building is a cornerstone of any story. From your neighbourhood slice-of-life to an out-of-this world space opera the world in which the characters inhabit draws the reader and keeps them invested in the character’s struggles. Here are some questions to consider when constructing your new universe.

What is ...



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Hidden Horror - Lifting up the Rock

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 22, 2020




On our last Quackcast I had a realization about one of the recurring elements that shows up in a lot of horror I like.

It's the hidden nature of horror. When someone, or something, appears normal or even extra sweet or appealing, but hides nasty stuff beneath.

It's ...






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Wounded Characters

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 25, 2020



There is a reason why in fanfiction archives there's a whole category of stories called “hurt/comfort”, where one of the main characters of a specific IP is injured, and others (usually an unlikely person or whoever the author is shipping with the injured one) have to take care ...

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